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Mabel Montgomery, programmer and volunteer

By — Adam Bernstein,

Mabel Montgomery

programmer, volunteer

Mabel Montgomery, 89, a retired computer programmer who spent 25 years as an information desk volunteer at the National Museum of Natural History, died Jan. 5 at a hospice in Warminster, Pa. She had complications from arteriosclerosis.

Mrs. Montgomery was a homemaker in the Washington area from 1942 to 1963. She then worked for Bell Laboratories in New Jersey from 1965 until her retirement in 1980.

She returned to the Washington area. She moved to Warminster from McLean in 2010.

Mrs. Montgomery was a member of Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington and taught Sunday school there.

She was a past president of the Women’s Fellowship of Congregational Churches of Washington.

She did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and was a Girl Scout leader.

Mabel Maxwell was a native of Salem, N.Y., and a 1942 mathematics graduate of the Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. She received a master’s degree in secondary education from George Washington University in 1960.

Her husband of 50 years, John N. Montgomery III, died in 1993. Their daughter Jean Montgomery died in 2002.

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn J. Montgomery of Warminster and Lynn Husted of Napa, Calif.

— Adam Bernstein

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